The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a sole-source contract for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the new Block IIIC variant of the Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) anti-air warfare missile.
Being developed under the SM-2 Improvement programme, the SM-2 Block IIIC is intended to upgrade existing SM-2 Block IIIA/Block IIIB missiles with an active radar homing capability. Current SM-2 rounds use a semi-active radar homing seeker. According to the US Navy (USN), the incorporation of an active radar channel is intended to engineer an affordable medium-range active missile that addresses some inherent limitations in semi-active guidance.
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